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Higher Education

HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE MARKET

Higher Education Policy Network

Book launch and seminar: ‘Higher Education and the Market’

Monday 8th November 2010, 4.00-6.30 pm

Room GCG-08, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

Market forces are increasingly central to the higher education sector and this event marks the launch of a very timely new book: ‘‘Higher Education and the Market’ edited by Professor Roger Brown. The book examines the role and impact of the market in HE in a number of countries across Europe as well as in the USA and Japan, and this event offers an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the context of major challenges to the future of the higher education sector.

The event will take the form of a presentation by the editor and key author:

Professor Roger Brown, Co-Director for the Centre of Higher Education Research Development (CHERD) at Liverpool Hope University. 

Followed by responses from:

David Palfreyman, Fellow and Bursar New College Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies

Dr Kelly Coate, Lecturer in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, National University of Ireland, Galway and a member of the SRHE Governing Council

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion and a wine reception.

For further details about the Higher Education Policy Network, please contact the network convenor, Professor Carole Leathwood, Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University, c.leathwood@londonmet.ac.uk.

Higher Education Policy Network – 8th November

Network Events are free to SRHE members as part of their membership package.

Delegate fees for non members: £25 (students £20)                                                                                                                   

To register for this event please contact nmanches@srhe.ac.uk

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Philosophy

AGAINST METHOD

NEW TITLE FROM VERSO:

AGAINST METHOD (NEW EDITION)

By PAUL FEYERABEND

Published: 18th October 2010

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“AGAINST METHOD is more than a book: it is an event.” ARCHIVES DE PHILOSOPHIE

“A brilliant polemic” – NEW SCIENTIST (read the original review here).  

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Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) was one of the twentieth century’s most famous philosophers of science, and remains an influential figure in this field and in the sociology of scientific knowledge.

AGAINST METHOD examines the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about scientific progress and the nature of knowledge. Feyerabend argues that scientific advances can only be understood in historical context. He looks at the way the philosophy of science has consistently overemphasized practice over method, and considers the possibility that anarchism could replace rationalism in the theory of knowledge.

Feyerabend’s book ranks alongside classic works such as Karl Popper’s THE LOGIC OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY and Thomas Kuhn’s THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS. However, in seeking to outline an anarchist theory of scientific knowledge, AGAINST METHOD challenges these canonical theoretical models by making a radical new contribution to the philosophy of science.

First published in 1975, the book stands as an intellectual testament to the ferment of the 1960s, challenging as it does many of the reigning orthodoxies within the philosophy of science. The book’s original publication sparked considerable argument within a number of academic disciplines, and its central arguments are still relevant today, given the considerable popularity enjoyed by the “new rationalism” propounded by popular scientists such as Richard Dawkins.

This updated edition of the classic text includes a new introduction by Ian Hacking, one of the world’s most important contemporary philosophers of science. Hacking reflects on both Feyeraband’s life and personality as well as the broader significance of the book for current discussions.

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Praise for the previous edition of AGAINST METHOD:

“A devastating attack on the claims of philosophy to legislate for scientific practice.” NEW SOCIETY

“A powerful critique.” LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

“A classic text in the debate about scientific methodology and scientific reasoning.” THE PHILOSOPHER

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ISBN: 978-1-84467-442-8 / $22.95 / £15.99 / $28.50 / Paperback / 336 pages

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For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/442-against-method

To buy the book in the US: http://www.amazon.com/Against-Method-Fourth-Paul-Feyerabend/dp/1844674428/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286557819&sr=8-1

To buy the book in the UK: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844674428/Against-Method

or

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

THE CULTURE INDUSTRY TODAY

The Culture Industry Today
Editor: Fabio Akcelrud Durão
Date Of Publication: Apr 2010
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1955-8
Isbn: 1-4438-1955-7

Price UK Gbp: 34.99
Price US Usd: 52.99

http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/The-Culture-Industry-Today1-4438-1955-7.htm

The concept of culture industry leads a double life. On the one hand, it appears as transparent, being used widely and freely in reference to a branch of business; on the other, it is a notion belonging to a critical tradition that wants to preserve the tension resulting from the juxtaposition of these two words. Culture Industry Today is a contribution to the latter trend, which takes into account the current prevalence of the former.

By offering interpretations of the term in relation to philosophy, media, film, the Third World, the psyche and the culture of consumption, the book aims at showing the continued relevance of an expression whose muteness is the corroboration of its darkest content.

Fabio Akcelrud Durão is Professor of Literary Theory at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). He is the author of Modernism and Coherence: Four Chapters of a Negative Aesthetics (2008), co-edited Modernist Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (2008) at Cambridge Scholars, and published several essays on modernism, the Frankfurt School and Brazilian critical theory.

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Harvesting

IMPERIAL ECOLOGIES

Issue 69 of ‘New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics’

Imperial Ecologies

Guest Editor: Ashley Dawson
New Formations 69 offers a timely and urgent set of contributions towards the development of ‘political ecology’. Despite a history of sporadic engagements, cultural theory and cultural studies has rarely dealt thoroughly with ecological issues, tending to retreat into its habitual scepticism regarding anything that might smell of naturalism. The fact that ecological questions frame all of the urgent political debates of our epoch, as well as animating some of the most dynamic areas of critical thought, surely means that this situation cannot continue. This collection begins to address the issues.

CONTENTS

Jeremy Gilbert
Editorial
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/archive/nf69editorial.pdf

Ashley Dawson
Introduction: New Enclosures
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Dawson.pdf

George Caffentzis
The Future Of ‘The Commons’: Neoliberalism’s ‘Plan B’ Or The Original Disaccumulation Of Capital?
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Caffentzis.pdf

Crystal Bartolovich
A Natural History Of ‘Food Riots’

Rob Nixon
Unimagined Communities: Developmental Refugees, Megadams And Monumental Modernity

Peter Hitchcock
Oil In An American Imaginary

Morten Tønnessen
The Global Species

Sian Sullivan
‘Ecosystem Service Commodities’ – A New Imperial Ecology? Implications For Animist Immanent Ecologies, With Deleuze And Guattari

Leerom Medovoi
A Contribution To The Critique Of Political Ecology: Sustainability As Disavowal

Brett Neilsen and Ben Dibbley
Climate Crisis And The Actuarial Imaginary: ‘The War On Global Warming’

Free online access is available to individual and institutional subscribers: ask your library to subscribe or subscribe individually by standing order at the special price of £30: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/standingordernf.html

For more information on this issue, to subscribe, or to buy a single issue go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/current.html

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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THE SPIRIT OF CAPITAL – WITH MOISHE POSTONE

This message is to announce the Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy at the New School For Social Research entitled “The Spirit of Capital: A Conference on Hegel and Marx

Date: April 28-29, 2011
Paper Submission Deadline: Dec 1st, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Moishe Postone (University of Chicago)

Submission Guidelines:

Papers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 words should be submitted in blind review format via spiritofcapital@gmail.com and should include the following in the body of the email:

i. Author’s name

ii. Title of Paper

iii. Institutional affiliation

iv. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
Please omit any self-identifying information within the body of the paper.

PLEASE POST, FORWARD AND CIRCULATE WIDELY

Sincerely,

Graduate Conference Committee 2010-2011, The New School for Social Research, spiritofcapital@gmail.com

THE SPIRIT OF CAPITAL: A CONFERENCE ON HEGEL AND MARX

THE TENTH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE IN PHILOSOPHY

AT THE NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MOISHE POSTONE

APRIL 28TH -29TH, 2011

“It is impossible completely to understand Marx’s Capital, and especially its first chapter, without having thoroughly studied and understood the whole of Hegel’s Logic. Consequently, half a century later none of the Marxists understood Marx!!” wrote Lenin in 1915. In 1969, Althusser responded, “A century and a half later no one has understood Hegel because it is impossible to understand Hegel without having thoroughly studied and understood Capital.” What are we to make of this challenge today? Are we now ready to understand Hegel through Marx, and Marx through Hegel?

It is high time for a reassessment of the core stakes of the Marx-Hegel debate. What would it mean to think the concepts of capital and spirit together? This conference is a place to explore the internal relations between Hegel and Marx’s philosophical projects. Some possible questions include: how does Hegel’s phenomenology, logic, philosophy of nature, history and right internally contain the elements that Marx will use to decipher the world of property, labor, commodities and capital? Is Capital a logical theory of forms or a theory of history? How does Marx negate and realize Hegel’s project? What is the role of labor in Hegel, and the role of spirit in Marx? Does the development of history show the unfolding of freedom or the unfolding of capital?  This conference echoes the early Frankfurt School tradition, with its project for a critique of the social forms of the present. We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics and thinkers:

Possible Themes:

Capital and Spirit

Hegel’s Logic and Marx’s Grundrisse

Property, Alienation, and Class

Form and Content in Hegel and Marx

Concrete and Abstract Labor

Master and Slave

Critique, Dialectic and Method

Time and History

Freedom and Necessity

Substance and Subject in Capital

The Value-Form

Critique of Labor

Revolution and Negation

Materialism and Idealism

Proletarian Self-Abolition

Commodity, Money and Capital

The Philosophy of Right

Possible Thinkers:

I.I. Rubin

Gyorgy Lukacs

Karl Korsch

Ernst Bloch

Walter Benjamin

Alfred Sohn-Rethel

Theodore Adorno

Herbert Marcuse

CLR James

Raya Dunayevskaya

Guy Debord

Alexander Kojeve

Jean Hyppolite

Frantz Fanon

Helmut Reichelt

Hans-Georg Backhaus

Gillian Rose

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: spiritofcapital@gmail.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Dec 1st, 2010

Papers should be sent as word documents or pdfs, not exceeding 5000 words. Personal information including institutional affiliation is to be sent in the body of the email and should not appear on the paper itself or in the file name.

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Bonuses for Some

THE COALITION SPENDING REVIEW AND LABOUR’S ALTERNATIVE

PUBLIC MEETING: The Coalition Spending Review and Labour’s Alternative

7-9pm Thursday 21 October
House of Commons, Committee Room 14, St. Stephen’s entrance.

Jon Cruddas MP, Frances O’Grady (Deputy General Secretary of the TUC), Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), Larry Elliott (The Guardian), Chair Aditya Chakrabortty (The Guardian)

Places are limited. Please register by emailing newpolecon@googlemail.com
Organised by the New Political Economy Network, Soundings and Compass, in association with The Guardian

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